Eva Taylor (Associate Lecturer Properties and Objects)

Eva is a professional conservator/restorer (objects and painting) and film/theatre prop-maker, working as an Associate Lecturer for NIDA since 2016.

Having grown up in a ‘theatre family’ in Tuebingen, Germany, Eva was able to combine her dual passions for performing arts and conservation to become a materials specialist in Europe and Australia. With over 20 years’ experience, Eva has been entrusted with the care and preservation of internationally recognised cultural objects of significant heritage value.

Eva has worked with a diverse range of talent, supervised and made objects for theatre productions, and received commissions from clients including Anne Geddes, The University of Melbourne, Odd Studio, Creature NFX and Water NSW. Eva specialises in sculpture, painting, furniture and puppetry, although this field is broadening with industry trends.

Her conservation practice has afforded her the opportunity to restore German national treasures from the gothic period to the 19th century including:

*           Jörg Zürn’s renaissance altar (Ueberlinger Muenster);

*           The Blue Parlor and bedrooms of the King and Queen (Castle of Hohenzollern);

*           Several late gothic and 19th century altars (Meersburg church);

*           A church nave spanning Romanesque, gothic and neo-baroque periods (Leutkirch church).

Eva’s research interests include historical and modern forms of puppetry for performance, polychrome wooden sculpture, and the chemistry and use of ancient pigments.

Qualifications: Bachelor of Dramatic Art, properties (NIDA); Master of Cultural Materials Conservation with First Class Honours (University of Melbourne).

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